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Jun 28 2012

Excerpts from the Texas GOP platform

I am bewildered at the shameless idiocy contained in the dominant political body in my state.  You can read the whole thing here, but here are some choice examples:

 

Principles:  “The laws of nature and nature’s God” as our Founding Fathers believed.

Protection from Extreme Environmentalists – We strongly oppose all efforts of the extreme environmental groups that stymie legitimate business interests. We strongly oppose those efforts that attempt to use the environmental causes to purposefully disrupt and stop those interests within the oil and gas industry. We strongly support the immediate repeal of the Endangered Species Act. We strongly oppose the listing of the dune sage brush lizard either as a threatened or an endangered species. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.

Free Speech for the Clergy – We urge amendment of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear of losing its tax-exempt status. We call for repeal of requirements that religious organizations send the government any personal information about their contributors.

Filibuster – We support return to the traditional Filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

HONORING THE SYMBOLS OF OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE

Religious Symbols – We oppose any governmental action to restrict, prohibit, or remove public display of the Decalogue or other religious symbols. Pledge of Allegiance – We support adoption of the Pledge Protection Act. We also urge that the National Motto “In God We Trust” and National Anthem be protected from legislative and judicial attack.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES, PROTECTING LIFE AND PROMOTING HEALTH

CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
Family and Defense of Marriage ― We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage.

Enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act ― We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense of Marriage Act by state and federal officials respectively, and oppose creation, recognition and benefits for partnerships outside of marriage that are being provided by some political subdivisions.

Family Values ― We support the affirmation of traditional Judeo-Christian family values and oppose the continued assault on those values.

Supporting Motherhood ― We strongly support women who choose to devote their lives to their families and raising their children. We recognize their sacrifice and deplore the liberal assault on the family.

Homosexuality ― We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.

Pornography ― We encourage the enforcement of laws regarding all forms of pornography, because pornography is detrimental to the fabric of society.

Right To Life – All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death;
[unless you commit a crime in this state, right Mr. Governor?]

Morning After Pill – We oppose sale and use of the dangerous “Morning After Pill.”

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN

Classroom Discipline –We recommend that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.

Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
[There's a fucking surprise.]

Early Childhood Development – We believe that parents are best suited to train their children in their early development and oppose mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten. We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
[Yes, they really came right out and said that!]

Sex Education – We recognize parental responsibility and authority regarding sex education. We believe that parents must be given an opportunity to review the material prior to giving their consent. We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.
[That's why Texas leads the nation in REPEAT teen pregnancies!]

U.S. Department of Education – Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished.

Judeo-Christian Nation – As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.

Safeguarding Our Religious Liberties – We affirm that the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom, prosperity and strength. We pledge our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state. We urge the Legislature to increase the ability of faith-based institutions and other organizations to assist the needy and to reduce regulation of such organizations.

Equality of All Citizens – We deplore all discrimination. We also deplore forced sensitivity training and urge repeal of any mandate requiring it. We urge immediate repeal of the Hate Crimes Law. Until the Hate Crimes Law is totally repealed, we urge the Legislature to immediately remove the education curriculum mandate and the sexual orientation category in said Law.

Child Abuse – We recognize the family as a sovereign authority over which the state has no right to intervene, unless a parent or legal guardian has committed criminal abuse. Child abusers should be severely prosecuted. We oppose actions of social agencies to classify traditional methods of discipline, including corporal punishment, as child abuse. As a condition of funding, publicly funded agencies are to report all instances of abuse.

Unborn Victims of Violence – We believe a person who injures or kills an unborn child should be subject to criminal and civil litigation.

Dear reader, where did all these complete nut-jobs come from?  The 1930s?  How did they take over?  Why aren’t more Texas residents voicing their outrage?  Is it just guys like me and Matt?  We more voices of reason, and we need to be LOUDER.

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  1. 1
    maethor

    I’m studying in London at the moment, but I’ve already sent a very critical email to my mother, who helped write this garbage.

    1. 1.1
      Andrew Skegg

      Does your mother subscribe to these views?

      1. maethor

        She doesn’t. She fought against the Paulites, who shes says steered the convention into the ground. She claims is was quite heated.

  2. 2
    cultureclash

    1930′s? I thought they were harking back to the 1730′s

  3. 3
    Leo Tarvi

    Ahem,

    We support the principles regarding the public economy as stated in the Republican Party Platform of
    1932 to wit:
    Resolution Regarding the Public Economy
    Whereas, constructive plans for financial stabilization cannot be completely organized until our
    national, State and municipal governments not only balance their budgets but curtail their current
    expenses as well to a level which can be steadily and economically maintained for some years to
    come.
    We urge prompt and drastic reduction of public expenditure and resistance to every appropriation not
    demonstrably necessary to the performance of government, national or local.
    The Republican Party established and will continue to uphold the gold standard and will oppose any
    measure which will undermine the government’s credit or impair the integrity of our national currency.
    Relief by currency inflation is unsound in principle and dishonest in results. The dollar is impregnable
    in the marts of the world today and must remain so. An ailing body cannot be cured by quack
    remedies. This is no time to experiment upon the body politic or financial.
    Source: Republican Party Platform of 1932
    June 14, 1932

    So to answer your question: Yes, they came from the 1930s, at least in spirit.

  4. 4
    bobwoodruff

    How did you miss this one:

    Voter Rights Act – We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.

    There seems to be nothing too bigoted or too stupid for a Republican to say

    1. 4.1
      petejohn

      In other words, we want this attempt to protect the right of every citizen to vote to be cancelled out. Then, we can go back to disenfranchising everyone we don’t like, who usually have darker skin than us or who are GLBT or anyone who likes either of those groups.

      And these folks call left-leaning secularists “radicals.” I’d say denying the right of Americans to vote is pretty damn radical, but evidently I’m wrong.

      1. Ender

        They deplore all forms of discrimination, yet want to repeal a law that ends voter discrimination…hypocritical much GOP?

        1. Stevarious

          They (pretend to) deplore the thought of discrimination, but don’t want to limit anyone’s ability to actually discriminate, because FREEDOM!!11!!!1!eleventy!1!

        2. petejohn

          I don’t think they really do deplore discrimination though. I’m reading a book on the Confederate States of America, which was run by people who fundamentally believed that Mr. Jefferson got it wrong. No, goes the argument, all men are emphatically not created equal. Even white men were not all the same, and the white men who were looked down upon by richer white men held the free and enslaved blacks in a similar level of contempt. I know that the Civil War was a long time ago but I’d imagine that fundamental belief hasn’t gone away, esp. since it was only a half century or so ago that African-Americans were being murdered, beaten, and disenfranchised in a dozen different ways, all for merely trying to register to vote.

        3. Cry4turtles

          Their platform is as contradictory as their bible. In one paragraph, just a few sentences apart they claim to abhor discrimination, and then call for the elimination of hate-based crimes. It boggles the mind.

          1. Cry4turtles

            Add legislation to that. Who wouldn’t call for an end to hate-based crimes? Sheesh!

    2. 4.2
      notmyname

      While I do not like defending any of this garbage, I can almost see why they might want this. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 does a few things (which I will point out in a very simplified form):
      1)It re-asserted the rights granted in the 15th amendment
      2)It banned poll taxes and other methods of denying voting rights to specific demographics
      3)It set up federal oversight of some states election procedures (namely the southern states)

      I am not sure how anyone can see anything wrong with the first two groups (and even doing what the republicans have suggested would not change the first one and arguable the not second). The third group was intended to be temporary (and thus all the renewals) but is still in effect. If you look at the map you will see that the areas for special oversight. I suppose it could be argued that this is unfair treatment by the federal government (and perhaps an undue burden at this point). I certainly see where that would play well with the republican campaign narrative. I have mixed feelings about this third group. People obvious thought it was needed, but I am not sure if anyone has put serious thought into if it still is.

      1. notmyname

        *arguable should be arguably

        In addition I think it is clear why Republicans might play this as government discrimination considering they need the southern states.

  5. 5
    Brea Plum

    Tom Delay’s gerrymandering back in the 90s.

  6. 6
    G.Shelley

    [unless you commit a crime in this state, right Mr. Governor?]

    You don’t even need to ask, they say straight out

    Properly applied capital punishment is legitimate, is an effective deterrent, and should be swift and unencumbered.

  7. 7
    Jasmyn

    And this is why I never plan to return to my home state.

  8. 8
    machintelligence

    A rant, with some suggestions, from The Young Turks:
    Sadly not from the onion – Texas GOP against thinking & voting
    It’s on youtube, but I can’t seem to post a link to it.

  9. 9
    Justin

    I read the first few and nearly vomited. I thought you might be overreacting at a moments glance, thought it couldn’t be all that bad, but Jesus Snausage Christ! What the hell is wrong with this state? I’m glad I didn’t read the stuff on homosexuality, I woulda probably raged.

  10. 10
    Balstrome

    Maybe these people have not had the reasons why these things are bad for them, explained to them, so that they can understand it.

    But I think the current generation is lost, and you have to focus more on the kids, from high school onwards, get them to experience the freedom of critical thinking. Find ways to make them question things, show them the dangers of the demands of their parents.

    What would be interesting is to see a counter list of the dangers posed by this political policy document. Take each point and expand why it will cause harm, and to who. Do this for each point in the policy, then spread that rebuttal everywhere. Good information always kills bad information.

  11. 11
    Collin

    I just finished reading the whole thing, and proceeded to have a long drink.

    I’ve reposted the most aggravating bits to my facebook and it’s spreading quickly to the entire state of South Dakota’s skeptics movement (all 50 of us…)

    You are not alone Aron. If it would make you feel better, you can move to Minnesota where our GOP is only about 20% crazy. Here’s one of the only horrendous excerpts from the MN GOP Platform:

    Emphasize Traditional American Values
    We believe that every classroom should be required to display the United States flag and recite the
    Pledge of Allegiance daily. In keeping with our heritage, all history classes should include
    information about the important role religion played in our Nation’s founding, including study of the
    Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and other original sources.

    We should continue to encourage the voluntary expression of religious beliefs and traditions of
    students. Specifically, educators who discuss creation science should be protected from disciplinary
    action and science standards should recognize that there is controversy pertaining to the theory of
    evolution.

    We believe that K-12 public school teachers should not initiate discussion, teach lessons, or provide
    resources to students on the topic of family structure, human sexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality,
    or transgenderism.

    Instead, we should require that K-12 public school teachers teach about sexual
    abstinence, that premarital sex and extramarital sex is wrong, and that the use of contraceptives is
    not safe sex. We oppose the dispensing of or referral for birth control drugs and devices in schools.

  12. 12
    feloniuspope

    “Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.”

    It’s sad, but there is still a controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution in public schools. My high school biology teacher didn’t teach me about it so I had to learn about it on my own.

  13. 13
    petejohn

    The laws of nature and nature’s God” as our Founding Fathers believed.

    They should really look up what that phrase meant to founders like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. And not from David Barton’s psuedohistorical toilet paper books.

    Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders…

    It is a little-known fact that in Federalist 178, Alexander Hamilton, writing of course as Publius, decried the rampant homosexuality of the young men of the state of Pennsylvania, and called for the summary execution of any young man caught in a homosexual act.

    Oh wait… no, that didn’t happen. In fact, I don’t recall the founders writing anything about homosexuality. Huh, how about that.

    We recognize their sacrifice and deplore the liberal assault on the family.

    In other words we’re fucking sick of the liberals convincing women they can work and do something other than make and raise babies.

    Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.

    Small government indeed. A public school teacher, who is an employee of a governmental agency in a roundabout or not-so roundabout way is empowered to hit a child, aka a young citizen, for misbehavior. Intimidation and violence in the classroom is perfectly okay. Let me repeat. Intimidation and violence in the classroom is perfectly okay.

    As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.

    I’ll grant the ridiculous claim that we’re founded on Judeo-Christian principles for just a second. Can Texans be a Muslim or Sikh? If they chose to be a Muslim or a Sikh, will the the citizens of Texas leave them the hell alone and allow them to worship as they chose? If they are hassled by a Christian citizen of Texas, will the law enforcement officers of Texas protect the rights of said Muslim or Sikh? I ask because it’s all well and good to say you’ll protect the constitutional right of people to worship as they choose, but I care about the actual respect and enforcement of that right.

    Back to the first premise that we’re a Judeo-Christian nation. It’s a little known fact that in Federalist 211, James Madison wrote that one real concern of the Founders in Philadelphia was that the government would command citizens to boil baby goats in the milk of their own mothers. As this was clearly against one of the 10 Commandments, Madison argued that the individual mandate to boil baby goats would not be a part of the new Constitution. Oh wait…. that wasn’t true either. Damn.

    For the record, that is one of the Ten Commandments. They don’t say anything about slavery or assault and battery, but they do contain a commandment against boiling a baby goat in it’s mother’s milk. Seriously. Pretty lame for something that is supposedly at the basis of all morality.

    This is frightening stuff. Truly. The idiocy would be deeply hilarious if it weren’t backed up by serious electoral and political power. These folks are well funded and well supported by a not insignifcant number of eligible citizens. Like I said, frightening. This stuff needs to be read from the rooftops so the eligible voters who weren’t sure about whether they’d vote would get their asses to the polls and vote these willfully ignorant theocratic-minded bullies right back to the dumbass asylum they came from, and do so proudly.

    1. 13.1
      isochron

      For the record, that is one of the Ten Commandments. They don’t say anything about slavery or assault and battery, but they do contain a commandment against boiling a baby goat in it’s mother’s milk.

      For the record, no it isn’t. There is an instruction not to do that in the bible (Exodus 34:26) but it isn’t one of the ten commandments.

      The bible does have quiet a lot to say on slavery and assault (although, as you state, not in the decalogue). It’s in favour of both of them.

      1. aronra

        Read Exodus Exodus 34 again. It says that line about boiling baby goats *is* one of the ten commandments. That other list in Exodus 20, in which only the first two commandments werebn’t changed is not described as “the ten commandments”. The second set (which the Bible says is identical to the first set) *is* described as the “ten commandments”.

        1. isochron

          I stand corrected…and even further confused why anyone finds this book convincing.

          1. petejohn

            I think it’s mostly subtle or not so subtle familial and cultural intimidation. Some people hear the lies for so long they believe them to be true.

      2. SPACKlick

        The commonly referred to 10 commandments (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5) are never referred to in the bible as commandments and do not conform to the stories about tablets etc. associated with the 10 commandments.

        Exodus 34 is referred to as the 10 commandments within the bible EX 34:28 KJV”28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.” and includes

        1) Don’t make covenants with other nations/gods, Destroy their sacred sites, worship no other god
        2) Don’t make Idols
        3) Keep the Festival of unleavened Bread
        4) All the firstborn of the womb is God’s
        5) Keep the Sabbath
        6) Keep the feast of weeks
        7) 3 Times a year all males are to come before god
        8) Do not offer Yeast with Sacrifices
        9) The best of the first fruits belong to God
        10) Do not boil a kid in its mother’s milk

        1. Cry4turtles

          Who ever thought to boil a baby goat in it’s mother’s milk? That’s fucking sick!

          1. SPACKlick

            Ancient Middle Eastern Religions who did it to improve the fertility and yield of the next generation of goats.

            It was a prior religious ritual.

  14. 14
    Deen

    Yes, they really came right out and said that!

    That to me is the most surprising part of this. It seems over the last few years, Republicans have stopped bothering to speak in code, dog-whistles and maintaining some form of plausible deniability. Now we have Republicans admitting that voter ID laws will help Romney win the election, that they’re effectively eliminating abortion from Mississippi without having to overturn Roe v Wade, and now they just come right out and say they are against teaching kids to think critically. Somehow, the Republicans have become convinced that their position is now so secure they no longer have to hide it. And that’s scary – especially because there is a possibility that they are right.

  15. 15
    radpumpkin

    This strikes me as oddly progressive for Texas Repubs. Now granted, their usual platform is more akin to Spain ca 1500, but this is clearly 1790-ish France! Normally I would try to parody things like this, but I think this is a hopeless prospect. How does one mock something so unbelievably stupid? Oh well, time to don my European smugness, drink a coffee and laugh at you yanks, all the while silently thanking Cthulhu for having allowed me to escape Texas last year.

    1. 15.1
      Ex Patriot

      I am in kind of tthe same as you I didn’t leave Texas but did leave OK in 99 when I retired and now live in small coutry on the Adriatic Sea and am enjoying my retirerment a bunch. I have good life here and many good friends, so I also sit here on my terrace overlooking the sea and shake my head in wonder at the stupid taking over the U.S.

  16. 16
    Noktelfa

    Reading this literally made me feel ill. If it weren’t for my job and joint custody of my child, I would leave this gosh-forsaken state and never look back. The problem is, Republicans everywhere are getting to be worse, but Texas seems to lead the country in that regard.

  17. 17
    Mike Haubrich

    Pretty sad, but just remember that this is only the Republican platform and as they are the more powerful party in Texas right now they are not the only political power. Platforms are crafted out of resolutions presented and voted on in local caucuses and then voted up or down by the state parties at conventions. Caucuses and conventions are usually functions of activists who trend either more rightwards for Republicans or leftwards for Democrats.

    The Republican Revolution of the early 90′s has been paying off for the national party in the current elections because the activists adopted a strategy of “acting locally, thinking globally” by encouraging the activists to run for offices locally; school boards, city councils, dog catcher, etc and gaining the political experience to get into the state legislatures and Congress. (Not just in Texas, but all over. Michelle Bachman started out on a school board, after all.) The sane Republicans lost their power through a bit of complacency, assuming that they would be able to keep their offices by running campaigns of rationality. Unfortunately, local elections inspire low turnout and so the crazies were able to get into office.

    People don’t pay enough attention to local elections, to find out about the backgrounds of people running for local office or to find out what their eventual goals are and the rightwards radicals knew that they could take advantage of it, and that is why the Republican Party of Texas has been taken over by such theocrats and anti-elitists.

    Liberals slept and concentrated on national elections while we should have been paying closer attention to local elections.

    The Republicans realize how successful this has been and are not letting up.

  18. 18
    Josh

    How does this statement:

    “Early Childhood Development – We believe that parents are best suited to train their children in their early development and oppose mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten. We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.”

    Match up with the fact that nearly 1/5 of Texans are illiterate.

    Source – http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/docs/09illitmap.html

    Yeah the best people to teach your children aren’t individuals who went to college for the express purpose of teaching children. No that would make sense. The best person to teach your child is their illiterate parent. Why would anyone think this is a good idea?

  19. 19
    A Hermit

    “We oppose the teaching of…critical thinking skills…”

    Well that kind of sums it all up right there doesn’t it?

    Wow…. just ……. wow….

  20. 20
    Bronze Dog

    I’m still facepalming over this, since nearly every one of my regular blogs has brought it up. So much fail. There was a time where I was worried about moving out of state for job prospects, but not anymore. I’ll happily move after I finish my degree.

    One aspect I haven’t touched on in other threads: The line about capital punishment. Given how many people on death row were convicted and then later exonerated by DNA evidence, I doubt it’s a deterrent. A would-be murderer has a good chance of getting off scot-free because the corrupt courts will find some innocent person to execute on the altar of “tough on crime.” And they’ll happily do that because being soft on justice while acting “tough” about it is just so much easier than actually having principles.

  21. 21
    Paddy

    Am I naive for being shocked that this level of sickening, bigoted, dangerous ignorance is possible in a government party/institution?

    As others here have stated, I was physically ill after reading this.

    It’s wrong, it’s so very, very wrong. I often have to stop reading or watching the news, just so I can clear my mind, and not fall into a complete depression at the idea that this could exist in my country…in the 21st century.

    Ugh…how do you digest this?

  22. 22
    Marcus Ranum

    CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

    By “traditional” they mean “christian” apparently. There were same-sex marriages in early China, men marrying horses in druidic Ireland, and – of course – muslims and mormons with multiple wives. The Chinese and Irish were doing it long before christianity had been invented so I suppose that the title of “traditional” goes to those with priority.

  23. 23
    redwoods81

    Shit, from your state’s GOPers’ lips to my state GOPer’s ears, this style of BS will be everywhere over the next couple years. Virginia sucks like that, I hate hate HATE that having 2 XX’s is a fucking liablity right now.

    1. 23.1
      had3

      Does that equal 4 X’s?
      :-)

  24. 24
    tanoro

    I agree with your sentiment, Aron, that more of us need to have a voice. Religious crazies are rampant in my state too. I also blogged about this and left some commentary of my own.

    http://www.tanoro.com/blog/06292012-texas-gop-platform

  25. 25
    Charly

    Now you got me worried. I had a vision of not-so-distant future, when finally religious nutcases in US take all the power and declare war on that goddamn heathen liberal communist EU.

    1. 25.1
      Rich Woods

      What makes you think they could find the EU on a map?

  26. 26
    Hazelwood

    That is a whole lot of unbelievable crazy right there. I was interested to note that they say that they support mothers who chose to raise their children by staying home but I’m guessing that doesn’t come in the form of paid maternity leave or income support for single mothers? How exactly is it that they support mothers who stay home with their kids again?

    I love the insanity of the ‘we deplore discrimination but equally deplore making anyone learn not to discriminate’.

    Behold the decline of the American Empire.

  27. 27
    DLC

    Yes, they intend to establish Christian Theocracy.
    Yes, they mean to return to the Good Old Days, where Tom Cratchit lovingly carried his son Tim, and where good old Ebeneezer Scrooge overpaid the thieving bastard and even gave him a day off. Yes, that’s what they want. Practice touching your forelock, or dipping a curtsey if you’re female. No need to say “Missy” or “Massa” you can use the more modern “Sir” or “Madam”.
    The good old days, where factories made Pittsburgh and London two of the worst possible cities to live in. The good old days, when Pinkertons or other such private police forces did what was necessary to keep those damn soshulist unions from organizing. The good old days, where no pesky EPA kept shit like the Cuyahoga river from catching on fire. (yes children, it’s not a myth. the river actually did catch fire, more than once.)

    If they get their way, you won’t have to worry about people coming in, but about how to keep them from leaving in droves.
    That reminds me — anyone know how hard it is to emigrate to a horrible socialist country like, Britain, for example ?

    1. 27.1
      Rich Woods

      Sadly we currently have a bunch of right-wing bastards in charge, busy running down, tearing up and selling off to their free-market friends the remaining parts of our evil socialist safety net.

      The really bad news for you is that they also want to shut down all immigration (unless, that is, you can prove that you are able to earn at least £35,000 a year).

  28. 28
    Lana Coxx

    What I learn about our enemy:-He is ancient/old and is very experienced at doing his job: that is, harming us. Hes serious about it hurting us is not some cartoon thing.-Hes powerful and effective at his task (I had a hard time using the phrase good at what he does because Satan is un-good. But there might be a better word than effective, too. The translator on the blog I posted used the word cunning).-He hates us, and no power on earth is as powerful as Satan.

    1. 28.1
      Rich Woods

      I really don’t know what to make of this. I thought I was reasonably au fait with satire in all its delicious forms, but I’m struggling to see anything worthwhile here.

  29. 29
    Kevin McCarthy

    Not just you dude. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the population of Austin and a few people outside that area against people who think Friday Night Lights is a documentary.

  30. 30
    Hank Fox

    I should read your blog more often.

    I discovered the platform document only today, and blogged about it here: O Texas, My Texas! Where Did You Go Wrong?.

    Only then did I see you’d covered it days ago. Oops.

  31. 31
    Neicie

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this. It’s pretty scary stuff. … And sad.

  32. 32
    Desertphile

    Of course by “Extreme Environmentalists” they mean scientists who point out the fact that human-caused climate change has already been disastrous, and who point out the evidence that shows it’s getting much worse. “Extreme Environmentalists” like the National Science Foundation, the The National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, the US Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, NOAA….

  33. 33
    fernando

    As a non-american – I am speechless! unbelievable! My heart truly weeps for the U.S.

  34. 34
    mooniekate

    Let’s not forget, when women were fighting for the vote, there were men that went around and punched random protesting women in the face. There will always be some douchebag that thinks his right to be an asshole trumps someone else’s right to be a human being.

  35. 35
    Eban

    Aron when I saw the GOP nonsense I thought of you. I really hope you home school your kids. Texas is becoming frankly absurd.

  36. 36
    yoav

    [unless you commit a crime in this state, right Mr. Governor?]

    Actually committing a crime is not a requirement, being black with no alibi and too poor to afford a good lawyer is more then enough.
    And we should not let them get by with this judeo-christian nonsense, they mean christian (their flavor of, not these notrealchristians™ of course) and have stuck the judeo as a camouflage so they can pretend not to be the bigots they are, it’s not as if jews were exactly welcome in the 18th century America they want to go back to.

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    petzl20

    There are many reasons to support Israel, but this is not one of them:

    Israel – Our policy is based on God’s biblcal promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.

    1. 37.1
      yoav

      I don’t speak republicanese but in the universe I live in, push Israel to peruse policies that will lead to an all out war were they are all slaughtered thus fulfilling the end time prophesies and heralding the return of jeebus, ≠ support.

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    petzl20

    Here’s a section that’s so explicitly religious, I cannot believe it’s part of their platform:

    Religion – We affirm that Christianity is the one true religion. While legally we must tolerate other religions, we find them to be uniformly baseless, deceiving, and false. We assert that any person claiming to be Christian but nevertheless a Democrat is not a true Christian and an instrument of Satan.

    End Times – We look forward to imminent return of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross for us. At that time, we expect all true Republicans to be taken unto him, where any government at all will be a thing of the past.

    1. 38.1
      Peter

      Where in the document (page /paragraph) is that?

    2. 38.2
      Rich Woods

      People have been looking forward to the imminent return of their dead carpenter on a stick for over 1900 years. You’d think they’d have got the message by now.

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    Andrew

    “Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.”

    Honestly, this was the thing that struck me the most out of this paper. Basically, what they’re saying is that they want to allow anyone to do whatever they want, as long as they say they’re doing it in the name of God. They worded it so it sounds like what they’re talking about is people who picket gay pride rallies, but, what they’re really talking about are the people who publicly harass homosexuals, or assault transsexuals in restaurants, subways, and schools.
    It’s not even about homosexuality. It’s about a group of people who want exemption from the law when it comes to attacking anyone who holds different beliefs(be they political or religious)from themselves. It hurts me to see things like this. I’d say it seems almost alien to me, but I live in the bible belt south as well, and have seen these atrocities first hand, even though they still baffle me.

    1. 39.1
      Rich Woods

      They’ll use homosexuality as a standard bearer at first, and if they were to get their way with that they’d move on to classifying adultery, pre-marital sex, etc in the same way. Eventually, if enough crazies found it appealing, mowing your lawn on a Sunday, or walking more than a thousand paces, would be punishable by death.

      But I bet the commandments against usury wouldn’t be enforced.

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    Bruce

    You guys sure have a problem on your hands. Hell, I’m half way aroung the world, and it scares the hell out of me.

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    CurbYrDogma

    This doesn’t surprise me in the least, especially with the very first statement. Considering the fact that foreign manufacturing may soon become too expensive for the U.S. market, the mega-corporations are probably reminiscing about the days when the USA provided cheap sweatshop labor c. 1910.

    No environmental regulations; a culture that promotes breeding a la the Duggards; and anti-education with special emphasis on not teaching critical thinking. …A perfect setup for cheap manufacturing and cheap labor!!!!!

    Texas is already quite business friendly and I’ll wager that religion is just a tool of manipulation the Republicans and their corporate friends are using to their advantage.

    So it appears Texas is trying to gear up to become the next China (the only difference being a state sponsored religion to make it appear not so).

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    Townes

    I never thought I’d say this, but after reading this mess of a platform, I guess politics here in Bulgaria are not so bad after all, being completely secular and all…
    I lived to see the day where I actually state “Hey, US folks, take a look at Bulgaria to see how to run things!”.
    Now I can die happy.
    And my condolences for Texas, this is horrible.

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    I have only one thing to say: what does “detrimental to the fabric of society” mean?

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    Health and Human Services Mandates – We strongly oppose any federal or state requirement or other
    mandate to provide abortions or contraception and sterilization, since this would clearly violate many
    individuals, businesses, churches, and non-profit personnel’s faith and beliefs. Government must obey the 1st
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    Are they talking about a new U.S. Constitution that I don’t know about or are they just making it up as they go along?

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    Simon Swain (@SimonSwain1)

    It doesn’t matter how insane the policies of David Cameron’s Conservative Party become: you can always rely on the Republicans to come up with something infinitely worse.

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    John Nugent

    Thank goodness, I’m in California, where the GOP doesn’t control every aspect of life. I wouldn’t want to raise a child in a State, where the reigning Party opposes Critical Thinking Skills.

    I wonder if this is just their Texas platform, or if it is nationwide… That one line is just where to focus, in wondering why Education in this Country is so f’ed up.

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